Three Husbands

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Three Husbands
Directed by Irving Reis
Produced by Isadore Goldsmith (producer)
Anthony Z. Landi (associate producer)
Written by Vera Caspary (screenplay)
Vera Caspary (story)
Edward Eliscu
Gertrude Purcell
Starring See below
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Cinematography Franz Planer
Edited by Louis Sackin
Production
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Gloria Films
Distributed by United Artists
Release date(s) 1951
Running time 78 minutes
Country USA
Language English

Three Husbands is a 1951 American film directed by Irving Reis.

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When a recently deceased playboy, Max, gets to heaven, he is granted a wish. His request: to watch his three best friends, with whom he regularly played poker, for the next 24 hours. That day, each man would receive a letter; tomorrow, Max's will is to be read. Each letter states that he had an affair with that man's wife, all of with whom he was close. With one, Max attended Friday symphony matinees and had tea afterwards; with another, he went to night clubs and taught French; the last, he repeatedly hired as his nurse through his long battle with heart disease.

Each husband reacts differently, as does each wife when she discovers that something has happened to make her husband distrust her. At the end of the 24 hours, each couple declares their intention to divorce, mistrust and disbelief having split each relationship. The lawyer reads the will, stating that Max's great fortune has been left to the three wives, as he believes that marriage is stronger when a wife is not dependent on her husband. It states in his will that Max wrote the letters to show each of his friends how much his wife was worth, as each had begun to take her for granted; he believed that jealousy was the perfect motivator to make someone re-appreciate something/someone.

Each wife reiterates her intention to divorce; each husband apologizes and begs her to reconsider. The three couples all reconcile, everyone grateful for having had Max and for his final gift to them - each other.[1]

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